Obesity. It’s a yucky word with a social stigma, but it’s also a very real issue. It affects more than one-third of adults and 17% of youth in the US. No state currently has an adult obesity rate of less than 20%. Why does it matter? It’s increasing your risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and make existing conditions worse. It’s affecting how you feel in your day to day life.

Are you living with a chronic condition and a BMI in the range of obese or overweight(calculate your BMI here)? Here’s how weight loss can help:

If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes:

If you have Type 2 Diabetes, losing weight and becoming more physically active can help you keep your blood sugar levels under control, prevent or delay health problems, and even reduce the amount of diabetes medicine you have to take.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Excess weight can mean excess pain as it increases the pressure on your joints. Losing weight can reduce pressure so that you feel better in your daily life. More info on how RA can affect your weight (and visa versa) here.

If you’ve been diagnosed with MS:

Being overweight or underweight can actually worsen MS symptoms, but managing your weight with MS can be tricky. Symptoms such as pain, fatigue, dizziness, and depression may affect your energy levels, as well as your relationship with food. At the same time, steroid therapy prescribed to decrease inflammation can cause you to gain weight. Get MS-specific tips to take the reins on your weight here.

If you’re struggling with sleep apnea:

Excess weight stored around your neck can make your airway smaller, which can make breathing difficult when you’re trying to sleep. Weight loss could help you breathe easier, and get a better night’s sleep.

Lower your risks:

Studies show that losing 5 to 10 percent of your weight may lower your chances of developing heart disease. If you’re losing weight by eating healthy and becoming more physically active, you’ll improve your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood flow. If you are prediabetic, losing weight could help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Lowering your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels also decrease your risk of a stroke.

More info on the risks associated with excess weight here.

Weight loss isn’t easy, but we’re here to help.

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